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The Environmental Protection Agency has turned to regulating "Stationary Sources" because they emit more pollution than automobiles. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are regulated by the National Clean Air Act, but it is up to individual states to determine how to comply with the regulation. So far emissions have been reduced with different types of paints and "hang-on devices. " Hang-on devices refers to additional equipment in the painting process which includes electrostatic sprayers, oven incinerators and carbon absorbers. Changing paint to reduce VOC involves the addition of solids, or adoption of water-based or powder paints. This limit puts GM at a disadvantage to Ford and Chrysler because it uses lacquer paint. Most paint producers feel lacquers may not be able to take more than 27% solids, whereas the enamel paints used by Ford and Chrysler may be able to take up to 50%. This has forced GM to turn to hang-on devices and different types of paint.

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    Automotive Industries International

    Chilton Way
    Radnor, PA  USA  19089
  • Authors:
    • MCELROY, J
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

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  • Accession Number: 00325016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM